How to Build a Great Relationship with Your Kids

Hi everyone and welcome to Dedicated 2 Life.  If you are new here, I know you will find something here that interests you if you like self-growth. Check out our home page for a list of topics that we blog about regularly.  Mostly, I want to say this to you - - “Welcome and thanks for stopping by”....more

Bedtime and Dragons

Bedtime....more

This Free Range Parenting Thing

It made the news here a few weeks ago about a family whose children aged 10 and 6 were reported to police as being alone.Police came upon the children and questioned them as to why they were alone and drove them home to their parents. Their parents knew they were alone, they were at the playground, together but alone. CPS is now involved....more

Happy Birthday to You

Sick of spanking shame..

Every year as childcare and parenting change, I realize I am one of a dying breed. I am a parent who disciplines. I don’t practice “Never say No” parenting. I don’t spend every waking moment worrying about traumatizing my children. Because believe me, with eight kids I am going to mess up at least four of them....more
I agree with you completely.  Being a daycare provider I see how these kids act.  But being a ...more

Brown Eyes Blue Eyes

For the past 24 hours or so, the English-speaking world has been ablaze with the mystery of the blue/black/white/gold dress.  What colour is it really? Is the whole thing a click-bait scam? Who sees what? It’s been one of those Internet phenomena that verify what a small planet this is, how close we all are and yet how different. And how many of us are willing to be completely and utterly diverted by trivia. It came during a week in which perspective and disparity in how we see the world has weighed heavily on me....more

7 Damaging Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders

While I spend my professional time now as a career success coach, writer, and leadership trainer, I was a marriage and family therapist in my past, and worked for several years with couples, families, and children. Through that experience, I witnessed a very wide array of both functional and dysfunctional parenting behaviors. As a parent myself, I’ve learned that all the wisdom and love in the world doesn’t necessarily protect you from parenting in ways that hold your children back from thriving, gaining independence and becoming the leaders they have the potential to be....more

The Secret Language of Toddlers

My daughter is almost two and suddenly she has a word for everything. She speaks in incomplete sentences, full of improper grammar. She makes up her own words and combines them to describe what she sees. It’s like a puzzle to figure out what she is saying half the time, but with a lot of patience, I am usually able to decipher her code....more

Supernanny vs Super Mama

This post is a response to criticism mothers often have directed at them about how they raise their children 'these days', and in particular to the popular parent-helper Supernanny. Are you tired of hearing how mothers 'these days' do not discipline their children enough? It seems that whenever there is an opportunity in the media to comment on modern women's parenting abilities or to lay blame for something in our society not going quite as had been hoped, people from all walks of life readily point the finger at mothers....more